Matthew 27:36
New International Version
And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

New Living Translation
Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there.

English Standard Version
Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.

Berean Study Bible
And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.

Berean Literal Bible
And sitting down, they were guarding Him there.

King James Bible
And sitting down they watched him there;

New King James Version
Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.

New American Standard Bible
And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.

NASB 1995
And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.

NASB 1977
and sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.

Amplified Bible
Then sitting down there, they began to keep watch over Him [to guard against any rescue attempt].

Christian Standard Bible
Then they sat down and were guarding him there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.

American Standard Version
and they sat and watched him there.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were sitting and keeping watch for him there.

Contemporary English Version
Then they sat down to guard him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sat and watched him.

English Revised Version
and they sat and watched him there.

Good News Translation
After that they sat there and watched him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they sat there and kept watch over him.

International Standard Version
Then they sat down there and continued guarding him.

Literal Standard Version
and sitting down, they were watching Him there,

NET Bible
Then they sat down and kept guard over him there.

New Heart English Bible
And they sat and watched him there.

Weymouth New Testament
and sat down there on guard.

World English Bible
and they sat and watched him there.

Young's Literal Translation
and sitting down, they were watching him there,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Crucifixion
35When they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments by casting lots. 36And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37Above His head they posted the written charge against Him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.…

Cross References
Matthew 27:54
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and said, "Truly this was the Son of God."

Matthew 27:37
Above His head they posted the written charge against Him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.


Treasury of Scripture

And sitting down they watched him there;

Matthew 27:54
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Mark 15:39,44
And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God…









Verse 36. - They watched him there. The soldiers, in relays, had to guard the criminal from any attempt of his friends to remove him from the cross - a long and tedious duty, during the performance of which they were allowed to sit. Crucifixion was not accompanied by immediate death. It was one of its greatest horrors that the tortured sufferer sometimes lived for days before death relieved him from his agony. Till this supervened, the guard had to keep watch. That this caution was not superfluous, we have intimations in ancient history, which tells of crucified persons being sometimes removed by their friends and restored to the use of their limbs and faculties. Josephus ('Vita,' 75) relates that he thus took down three criminals after a lengthened suspension, one of whom completely recovered, though the others succumbed to their injuries. This vigilance of the soldiers was providentially ordered as one of the means of proving the reality of Christ's death.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

sitting down,
καθήμενοι (kathēmenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2521: To sit, be seated, enthroned; I dwell, reside. From kata; and hemai; to sit down; figuratively, to remain, reside.

they kept watch over
ἐτήρουν (etēroun)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

Him
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

there.
ἐκεῖ (ekei)
Adverb
Strong's 1563: (a) there, yonder, in that place, (b) thither, there. Of uncertain affinity; there; by extension, thither.


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